Reta Shaw

September 13, 1912 – January 8, 1982

“No, I don’t approve of men, loudmusic, alcohol, and, uh, whoop-dee-doing.”


Reta Shaw


Housekeeper, overbearing wife, housekeeper,dotty neighbor, ex con, housekeeper…  asturdy woman and she’s one of my favorites.

Reta (I’ve always wondered if it was pronouncedRETTA) died in Encino, CA of emphysema.



She was cremated and is inurned in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

Here’s a clip from The Ghost and Mr.Chicken. Go Reta, one of the Ghost Hunters. We could use a group like this in Hollywood.

Clicky the picky.



She was on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.



Earworm of the day.


One thought on “Reta Shaw

  • December 19, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Reta was a native of South Parish, Maine. Her ancestors went back to 1820 in Maine.
    She lived in San Fernando Valley – near studios and had 1 daughter named Kathryn Anne (born approx 1957). Reta was married to Willam Forester but divorced by the late 60s during her busiest TV guest role years. A 1969 article described her as active in PTA and with her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.

    She played Aunt Hagatha on Bewitched in 1971 wearing the same dress she wore in an early appearance as witch Bertha in 1964. Back then, day players would supply their own wardrobe as needed.


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